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During labor I was glad for juicy juice (100% fruit juice punch blend) in juice boxes, and chocolate almond milk, and plain cool water.

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I have also not been able to find coconut water or recharge.  We have a super walmart, super kmart, target, and a healthfood store I havent checked out yet.  Only gatorade and powerade in walmart, kmart.  Havent seen coconut water anywhere either.  What stores do you find recharge or coconut water in and what section?
 

Amazon sells several varieties, with Subscribe & Save (15% off) and free super saver shipping. But I buy mine locally. It's everywhere here but if you are having trouble you might try calling an Asian or Mexican grocery store.


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Yeah, but the older lady who worked in the grocery section just looked at me like I was nuts and pointed me to the alcohol aisle for cream of coconut the really thick sweet stuff for making pina coladas.  I am going to double check the hispanic food section again since it is not in the juice aisle with gatorade, jumex nectars, etc.



Try whole foods. (it says you're in Chicago, there are several locations in Chicago)

they have it.

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Now, I haven't had any children yet, but I will let you know some tips on replacing electrolytes if you are vomitting a lot.  Because I don't have a large intestine anymore, I have to drink more fluids than normal to prevent dehydration.  Anyway, the best thing I have found to replace fluids if you are throwing up and can't actually drink anything.  Suck on those Pedialyte popsicles.  Trust me, they are not as nasty tasting as you may think.  If you suck on these, you will still get electrolytes back in you, but you won't get so much fluids in your stomach that it irritates it.  Plus, the cold is soothing for nausea. 

 

As far as coconut water, I have never heard of it before, so I can't help you there.  You might try looking at Trader Joes for it.  They seem to sell almost anything thats healthy.

 

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Trader Joe's would have it for sure.  At least in our state they do.  When I was in labor I drank emergen-c.  Gatorade was WAY too sweet for me...


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I had a very successful homebirth 2.5 months ago and I am a huge proponent of coconut water for hydration. I tried a few brands at my local market that they had on the shelves, and then ended up ordering a case of 12 from Amazon for a great price (w/ free shipping!) for the birth (they have all sorts of brands on amazon.com that you can order by the case, including an organic one, since I read recently about the use of pesticides/bleach on coconuts). I drank several throughout the birth, but I like the taste, so in case you don't, try a few kinds first before ordering a case! Some can taste a bit different than others. I also drank an Emergen-C packet, took a few spoonfuls of honey, and ate a hardboiled egg or two. I never remember feeling physically fatigued outside of the norm (mentally is a different story!) and I never felt particularly thirsty. My midwives were very persistent about making sure I had fluids all the time and that I ate a bit of protein/honey here and there. I would highly recommend the coconut water. Also, I can't stress enough about making sure you are hydrated right after the birth. With BFing (if you plan to do that), I didn't realize how much fluid it sucks out of you initially, and I became very dehydrated and developed some traumatizing hemmorhoids angry.gif, so I would say that whatever you go with for hydration, stick with it even after the birth for at least the first few weeks while you get adjusted.

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I am one that also doesn't like the flavor of coconut water.  What's been working for me this pregnancy is working it into a super yummy smoothie treat, which I think may also be good for early labor.  I've just been doing coconut water (fill half the blender), add fresh fruit to the coconut water and top with a cup or two of Greek yogurt (I use the sweetened vanilla).  It's YUMMY!!   Doesn't taste healthy at all.  ROTFLMAO.gif


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BTW, I did read somewhere a caution about emergen-C during labor.  It may have just been a tread on MDC -- not a good sole source of advice.  It may be nothing but I thought I'd mention it.  


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BTW, I did read somewhere a caution about emergen-C during labor.  It may have just been a tread on MDC -- not a good sole source of advice.  It may be nothing but I thought I'd mention it.  

 

I think the thing with emergen-c is to NOT drink ONLY it during labor.  I had 2 during my labor, I think, and then just regular old ice water.  You don't want to overdo the electrolytes, which is great advice and WELL worth bringing up IdentityCrisisMama!
 

 


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One of the birth groups on Facebook recently posted this: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/06/healthy-natural-pregnancy-laboraid-recipe.html

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www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com  has cases of coconut water that you can order.  Shipping isn't too terrible, and it supports a small family-owned-and-run business.  Prices are lower if you join their buyer's club.

 

They also sell in various retail outlets around the country if you check their website, including:

 

 


Bonne Sante Health Foods
1512 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL  60615
773-667-5700

 

I'm sure there is some price markup though if you go retail, although then you are not paying for shipping.  It might be good to check both, especially if you plan to buy in bulk.

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What exactly does coconut water taste like?  I have never tried it before.  Does it taste exactly like if you were eating coconut meat?  Just wondering.

 

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not exactly, it does taste coconut like. It's hard to describe. It's kind of like "rich" water, maybe ever so slightly sweet. I'm sorry, that's the best I can do! Give it a shot, see what you think...
 

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What exactly does coconut water taste like?  I have never tried it before.  Does it taste exactly like if you were eating coconut meat?  Just wondering.

 

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